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By Kenneth S. Sacks

Living in Rome over the past years of the Republic, Diodorus of Sicily produced the main expansive heritage of the traditional global that has survived from antiquity--the Bibliotheke. while Diodorus himself has been generally obvious as a "mere copyist" of prior historic traditions, Kenneth Sacks explores the complexity of his paintings to bare a historian with a different viewpoint indicative of his times.

Sacks specializes in 3 parts of Diodorus's background writing: tools of association and elegance, huge historic and philosophical subject matters, and political sentiments. all through, Diodorus brought his personal principles or refashioned these present in his assets. specifically, his adverse response to Roman imperial rule is helping to light up the imprecise culture of competition historiography and to give an explanation for the form and constitution of the Bibliotheke. seen as a unified paintings reflecting the highbrow and political opinions of the overdue Hellenistic interval, the Bibliotheke becomes an enormous resource for studying first-century ethical, political, and highbrow values.

Originally released in 1990.

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